Should Congress Police Horseracing? Should Congress Police Horseracing?
By Daniel Stone
July 12th 20129:50 PM
With no oversight agency and special treatment under the law, horseracing may be America’s luckiest sport. But out-of-control doping has Congress taking a second look. Daniel Stone reports.
It was a shock when a “freakish injury,” as his trainer Doug O’Neill called it, forced I’ll Have Another to withdraw the day before the running of the Belmont Stakes—the last remaining race between the horse and the sport’s elusive Triple Crown. But veterinarian records submitted by O’Neill, who had a history of doping violations, showed that the thoroughbred had chronic leg issues that had been masked in past races by a regimen of painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs.